Monday, April 28, 2008
This is the second book in Anne Rice's series about Christ. (Thus the name.) Anne Rice is most famous for a very different kind of book. She became found the Lord after her husband died. Since then she has started this highly researched historical novel series. I just finished the second book. It took longer to get into than the first one but was well worth the effort of sticking with it. I would recommend reading both.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
I was in a book depression after finishing Eclipse. I had a miserable time trying to get into another book. This was this first book that I finished "post Twilight". It is a wonderful true story of a woman and her travels. Jen Minor was a little put off by the beginning where the author just leaves her marriage. I want to stress that this is not what the book is about and the author talks about how difficult her divorce was for her. But more than that it is about her trying to find God and love in all parts of the world.
Please read it.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Soooooooo, I'll just start with this series . . . There are three books here in this volume: A Voice in the Wind, An Echo in the Darkness, and As Sure as the Dawn. I have a couple of things to say about this series.
1) Ever since I've finished these books, I've been in a book depression. Really. Nothing and I mean NOTHING has compared (especially to the first two) to these books. 2) My friends and I talked about Hadasseh and Atretes like you all talk about Jacob and Edward (who, I look forward to meeting when I can get my hands on your Twilight series . . .aren't you all envious that I get to read them for the FIRST time???) and 3) These books are full of history (so you're learning), faith (challenged while your being entertained) and action (so you can stay awake since the only time you have to read is all the kiddos are in bed) while reading them. You'll need to prepare yourself for some blood and gore during the first couple of chapters, but HANG IN THERE - you won't regret it. Well, maybe when you kids are screaming for dinner and your husband comes home and your heart is being so torn by Hadasseh that you feel nothing for the REAL people in your life, like your sweet family.
Here's the synopsis of the books:
#1 A Voice in the Wind: This first book in the classic best-selling Mark of the Lion series brings readers back to the first century and introduces them to a character they will never forget--Hadassah. The year is 70 AD. Hadassah has been captured at the fall of Jerusalem. Taken to Rome, she is bought to serve the Valerian family. The Valerians are having their own problems. Decimus, the father, is very traditional, yet his children, Marcus and Julia, embrace all the decadence Rome has to offer. Hadassah wants to share her faith in Jesus the Messiah with this family, but she cannot find the courage to do so. Meanwhile, Atretes has been captured in Germany and taken to Rome as a gladiator. As their lives intertwine, they will all face problems that will challenge who they are and what they believe.
#2 An Echo in the Darkness: Turning away from the opulence of Rome, Marcus is led by a whispering voice from the past into a journey that could set him free from the darkness of his soul.
#3 As Sure As the Dawn: Atretes. German warrior. Revered gladiator. He won his freedom through his fierceness . . . but his life is about to change forever. ** I don't think this one is as good as the first two in the series, but still good.
This book was okay. The lady at the library recommended it to me. And I had just told her to read Twilight, so in the spirit of mutual book recommendations, I thought I would give it a try.
It is about a family that is messed up like any other. The characters are all well developed. A former white mayor, his dead wife and ruined career. His estranged biological son and his beloved adopted black sons. A run in with their birth mother and their birth sister. It is all set in Boston so I found some of the references interesting because I used to live there.
It was interesting enough but with so many other books out there to read I don't think I can give it my whole heart recommendation.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Ok...so if you liked Twilight you might like this book by Elizabeth Kostova. It is a pretty interesting read full of history and scary vampires in a cool way.
If any of you read it let me know if you like it or not.
Thank you Candis for inviting me to be a part of your blog!